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Palestinian fury as Israel unveils Jerusalem building plans
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

JERUSALEM -- October 28, 2014: Israel pledged yesterday to build more than 1,000 new settler homes in Arab east Jerusalem, in a move the Palestinians warned was likely to trigger an explosion of violence.
 
The announcement by the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angered the Palestinians who said it would inflame tensions in the eastern sector of the city which has been plagued by almost daily clashes for the past four months....

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Alibaba's Jack Ma tops China rich list
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is China's richest person with a fortune of nearly $20 billion, as billionaires increase despite a slowdown in the country's economy, Forbes magazine said Tuesday.
 
The number of Chinese billionaires surged to 242 this year from 168 in 2013, Forbes said in its annual "China Rich List", which ranks the wealthy.
 
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Nobel peace laureates press Obama on torture
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Barack Obama to disclose the CIA's use of torture on terror suspects since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
 
The potential release of a long-delayed Senate report about this "dark period" of American history has brought the country to a "crossroads," the Nobel laureates wrote in an open letter to Obama posted on the website TheCommunity.com....

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Rousseff faces battle to govern divided Brazil
Monday, October 27, 2014

BASILIA -- October 27, 2014: Brazil's newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff faces huge challenges to govern the sprawling South American country after winning a deeply divisive race by a narrow margin, analysts said.
 
The leftist incumbent beat business favourite Aecio Neves 51.6 per cent to 48.4 per cent in a hard-fought run-off yesterday, leaving her with a fragile mandate to reboot...

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Afghan cleric jailed for raping 11-year-old girl
Sunday, October 26, 2014

An Afghan cleric has been jailed for 20 years for raping an 11-year old girl, officials said Sunday, after the child confronted her attacker in court despite fierce family opposition.
 
Activists said the girl appeared in court after being taken to a women's shelter for safety from her own family, who had threatened to kill her for bringing "dishonour" on them.
 
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Jokowi unveils his cabinet
Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jakarta: New Indonesian President Joko Widodo unveiled his cabinet Sunday, which included the country's first female foreign minister, after a lengthy delay caused by anti-corruption authorities' concerns about several candidates. Key figures include Retno Marsudi as foreign minister, Bambang Brodjonegoro as finance minister and Sofyan Djalil as chief economics minister....

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China launches test return orbiter for lunar mission
Friday, October 24, 2014

XICHANG, Sichuan -- China launched an unmanned spacecraft early Friday to test technologies to be used in the Chang'e-5, a future probe that will conduct the country's first moon mission with a return to Earth.

The lunar orbiter was launched atop an advanced Long March-3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest Sichuan province, Xinhua news agency reported.
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More than 1,700 bombs dropped on IS
Friday, October 24, 2014

MacDill Air Force Base, United States : US and allied aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against the Islamic State group and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the American military said Thursday. The flights for "Operation Inherent Resolve" include thousands of mid-air fueling runs, surveillance sorties and 632 air strikes in Iraq and Syria, according to US Central Command....

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Russia detains four over Total boss plane crash
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Russia has detained four Moscow airport employees over a crash which killed the head of French oil giant Total when his jet hit a snowplough, investigators said Thursday. The authorities at Vnukovo airport where the accident occurred also announced the resignations of its general director and his deputy after the management was accused of "criminal negligence" by investigators....

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Manufacturing moving from China to US: survey
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Large manufacturers are increasingly moving production back to the United States from China, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group released Thursday.In the third annual survey of US-based senior executives at manufacturing companies with annual sales of at least $1 billion, the number of respondents who said their companies were currently reshoring to the US from China increased 20 percent from a year ago....

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